Sometime over the last week, I have become convinced of the fact that the society I know and live in is not going to make it.
I cannot point to any one event, but I can point to a series of events - or perhaps, rather trends:
- A continued fatal misunderstanding of the nature of an economy in terms of how much money we are simply throwing at problems without any consideration of how that money will be paid for in the future.
- A continued and consistent slow rending of the underpinnings of our political system and how it operates: (Note to both sides: if you are using legerdemain and prestidigitation to accomplish your policy goals instead of building consensus, you are operating like a dictatorship with a little more finesse).
- A pretty wide and long ranging collapse of anything like a coherent foreign policy ( Starting out by calling the leader of a sovereign nation a "killer" or starting out your first meeting with your biggest trading partner with a lecture and putting individuals of their government under interdict is no way to start a relationship.)
- A continued growth and expectation that the government should do more and the individual less.
- A continued and growing sense of disunity virtually everywhere I look. The only unity promoted anywhere is the unity that is to be brought by completely subsuming one's own views to the other side.
Before you think I have completely gone off the rails (Ed, I know you may be thinking this), I ask a simple question: Name me one politician or political party that you believe is able AND capable to doing the following:
- Managing the economy in a way that does not rapidly and completely indebt future generation while encouraging growth and self reliance;
- Respects working within the political policies and structures as they exist (a bonus: reducing the size and scope of government);
- Manages foreign policy in a way that is respected but not aggressive;
- Build unity, not division, somehow managing to get the majority of folks to a vision and goal
If you are scratching your head trying to think of such a person or party, welcome to my world.
Am I sounding more Libertarian than anything in this? Perhaps - but the Libertarian party has its own issues (largely the fact that they have no actual governing experience to point to. An experiment - and a fun one - but not a practical one).
And so, the semi-recurring series of We Are Done.
By "Done", I do not mean something as significant as World War (although possible) or (if you are a Christian) the Rapture or (for my Nordic friends) Ragnarok. I simply mean the US, as we have known it as a functioning entity for 245 years, is over.
Maybe it comes out different and stronger. Maybe. But I do not believe it to be so.